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July 27, 2009


My five-year-old granddaughter has been encouraging me to recycle. She pointed out the triangular symbol on the bottom of her water bottles and plastic packaging.

I asked her what the three sides of the triangle mean, and she answered "reduce, reuse, recycle." I told her that I practice the first two, and the third as a last resort. We refill those water bottles and reuse them. "When they get a hole in them, then you recycle them, right?" she asked. Yep, that's right. I reuse as much as I possibly can, so that I can reduce what I buy.

I recently came across instructions to Hand-knot a Hay Net for Your Horse from the June 1999 issue of Horse & Rider magazine. It appeals to me because I can use *trash* to make something useful. I recently bought a haynet to take to the 4H District Horse Show; K's horse managed to chew a hole in it the first night. I know that the baling twine I have laying around here is even thinner than the rope used in that broken haynet, so I think I will need to double or even triple the twine to make one that will last. Or, I can use the twine to practice, and buy a stouter rope to make one that will withstand a hungry horse.

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Flylady says to declutter first AND then recycle. (smile) Her point is get rid of even things that can be recycled just to get your home under control. That is what I am trying to do. At first I thought the haynet was to be used like a feed bag but I guess it's more of a hammock to hold hay.


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